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Salt salt salt... It certainly went through a lot in the history of the world. In ancient times salt was a highly prized commodity with an exchange rate equal to gold. In today's world however, it is one of the cheapest condiments, and one that we certainly overuse. Today's post will dig into one of salt's main components: sodium. 

 

Sodium is an electrolyte absolutely necessary for human survival. Our bodies need it to maintain the right balance of fluids, transmit nerve impulses, and contract and relax muscles.

 

The average American consumes more than twice the recommended amount of 2/3 tsp of sodium per day. In excess that can become toxic. High sodium intake puts us at risk of coronary disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, sleeping issues and excess weight. According to scientists at the University of Delaware, high salt intake may impair the inner lining of blood vessels, increase arterial stiffness, weaken the heart and kidney function, and interfere with sympathetic nervous system. 

 

Food manufacturers use salt for flavor, color, texture, and to extend shelf life. The highest sources of sodium are found in processed and packaged foods such as frozen dinners, pizza, cold cuts and cured meats, sandwiches, crackers, breads, rolls, cookies, chips, soups, sauces as well as in fast foods and restaurant meals. 

 

 

Why too much salt is bad for us? 

 

- causes water retention,

- causes high blood pressure - sodium is one of the key players in regulating blood pressure, 

- can lead to bone loss - too much sodium causes our body to excrete calcium through urine, 

- kidney disease due to high blood pressure which causes damage to small vessels in the kidneys, 

- stomach cancer - salt is believed to increase the growth of Helicobacter pylori (H pylori), a bacteria which is linked to higher risk of stomach cancer, 

- weight gain (it changes the way your body metabolizes fat by increasing insulin production,) 

- it's addictive (research shows that consuming a lot of salt triggers the release of dopamine, the reward hormone),

- eating a lot of salty foods increases cravings,

- increases thirst. 

 

What can we do about all this? 

 

 

Tune in for part 2 (coming next week) on how to reduce sodium intake in your diet. 

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Yoga Nidra, the concept, is adopted from the ancient science of Tantra. It is a powerful practice for achieving deep relaxation while being conscious and aware. Nidra as a word stands for sleep, but the application here is totally different from what we generally understand sleep as. To understand this we need to log onto some basic insight into the different states of consciousness as explained in the yogic system.

There are three states in which our consciousness keep oscillating at regular intervals, through the agency of mind. These intervals are predetermined most of the times which is referred as the Bio Rhythms.

  1. Jaagrut awastha or normal wakeful state (conscious): This is outer most dimension in which consciousness is in contact with the external material dimension through the agency of sensory organs. We have five sensory organs viz. sight, smell, audition, taste and touch. This is where most of worldly communications takes place. Consciousness exists in an extroverted state relying on sensory organs to relay the information from surroundings.
  2. Swapna awastha or dream state (sub conscious): This is a totally different dimension where consciousness experiences a reality in forms of dreams.
  3. Sushupti awashta or deep sleep (unconscious): State of deep sleep when even dreams don’t appear to the consciousness and an absolute state is experienced which is mostly untraceable by common mind.

While we enter into ordinary sleep, the consciousness drifts from conscious plane to other two without an awareness of this transition. In yoga nidra, we train our mind to retain the awareness not just of this transition but of the actual experience it receives while being in each state.

During the practice, consciousness moves to a threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, thereby connecting with the sub conscious and unconscious dimensions.

This awareness is the actual scientific definition of relaxation which is in contrast to popular beliefs. As we generally observe by relaxation we often mean lying on a couch, having a cup of coffee or a drink or reading our favorite author or genre. All these are simply sensory diversions that change the direction in which our sense organs are engaged. They have very less to do with actual relaxation that occurs only when we are aware and unattached; in this reference it’s better to say un-indulged.

The matrix of Tension

Action, in general, leads to tension. This is natural physics. Two forces operating simultaneously at the same time will create tension. As we go through doing small and big things in life with body, mind or heart, we produce tension. And that tension operates on us. Whatever we do as part of routine, from eating to sleeping, to walking to running to catching a train to managing projects at work, each activity results in tension. These tensions are stored at several planes of our personality.

These accumulated tensions manifest in several form via our psyche. Imbalances, disorders and conflicts within an individual or societies or nations.

Yoga straightforwardly identifies these tensions at the source of suffering.  We are not aware of them directly and only see their symptoms. This condition is known as Klesha in Yoga and they are the root of all human problems. Avidya or ignorance is where they all are rooted. This ignorance is the realm of our personalities about which we are not really aware of.

We can categorize three basic types of tension:

  1. Muscular
  2. Emotional
  3. Mental

Yoga Nidra is an effective method of achieving physical, emotional and mental rest and release. It’s a systematic tool of transiting between different states of consciousness. This has got powerful and profound impacts on the overall personality. We are able to let go of stored tensions, burn sanskaras or to say break older habitual conditioning in order to have a fresh and conscious experience overall. It also increases the receptivity of mind and thus enhances learning and gaining knowledge.

Creativity and Sankalp

Also it allows for a creative expression of our mind as it get free from fears, phobias and several neurosis. This helps in concentrating the energy of mind and giving it a channeled expression. Opting for a resolution or Sankalp, during the practise provides for that channeling of the energy. This Sankalp is a very positive and virtuous idea that you might be aspired towards having as a part of you. It is chosen and repeated constantly each time you practise until it is realized.

Psychological Correlates

Our brain emits different types of wave patterns while we drift from one state of mind to the other. Mapping these waves through specific instruments has been a milestone in the studies conducted in several places. This has made more and more scientific brains interested and attracted towards exploring and researching the probable implications of Yoga Nidra as a tool to overcome several issues that modern civilization is struggling with.

The table below shows a scientific explanatory values for the states of consciousness and the values for brain waves emitted in each of these states. Also mentioned is the correlated field of experiencing with each state.

No. State of consciousness Psychological name Brainwave pattern Experience
1 Awake Conscious mind Beta

 

(13-20 cps)

Sensory awareness, external knowledge
2 Yoga Nidra Border line between awake and sleep Alpha

 

(8-12 cps)

Deep relaxation, conscious dreaming
3 Dreaming sleeping Subconscious mind Theta

 

(4 – 7 cps)

Release of emotions, fears and desires
4 Deep sleep Unconscious mind Delta

 

(0-4 cps)

Awakening of instincts and primitive drives

The popular format of Yoga Nidra was designed by Shri Swami Satyananda Saraswti, the founder of one of the most authentic and popular institution of yoga study in our times called Bihar School of Yoga. He was a realized yogi who reformed many concepts and principles of yoga so as to be understood by the modern mind easily.

For more information on the technique and practice of yoga nidra, we will soon publish another post with further details.

Kind regards
Acharya vinay

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I am currently using 3 different coaches, for different areas of my life, and on top of that I'm enrolled in a handful of Masterminds, to ensure my vibe and energetic minimums don't slip back to the comfort and complacency that my ego enjoys. My support is a critical investment, because procrastination, overwhelm and fear cost more than quality mentorship ever could. 
And yesterday I had a discovery call with another coach. 
 
I never turn down the opportunity to chat, because I don't believe in coincidence. If we fall into each other's orbit, there will be a reason, and I know I can trust my body to make the right decision. If it's a no, it's a no, and we're all professionals here - there'll be no hard feelings. 
 
BUT.. a yes often feels much worse than a no. And since I experienced the most uncomfortable yes of my life yesterday, I thought it would be worth a public post. Because a common misconception I've found, is that people think growth and progress looks like skipping through a tulip field while your PayPal notifications 'bing!' melodiously. 
 
In reality, it looks like your vagus nerve has been plucked like a guitar string, and you're wondering if there's time to exit the Zoom call before you vomit on the screen.
 
In the discovery call, we discussed some things that need work around attachment theory, complimentary energies, and expansion. Now, all of these things are constantly being worked on, but from different angles and viewpoints. And this particular coach brought a completely new perspective to the mix. One that would require an unprecedented level of bravery and release.
 
How did I know that this was going to be pivotal input that was worth the investment? 
I got sick. I got really sick. We reached the part of the discussion where it was time to choose between moving forward or falling back into what I knew, and my entire survival system went haywire. I had a vagal response, my head was aching, I was dizzy and I needed to breathe through some fairly intense nausea.
 
And here's why that was the best thing EVER:
 
I was not under threat. There were no tigers in my office at that time. No murderers at the door, no building on fire. 
And yet my system responded as though we were gunna die. Which means someone is... and it's not me. 
 
So who was it? 
 
Short answer: my story. My current understanding of who I am and what I'm capable of.
 
Our identities are made up of our survival meanings, our coping mechanisms and our experiences. It incorporates our models of reality, our emotional homes and our value and belief systems. As far as the nervous system is concerned, a threat to your identity is a threat to your life. This is why it's so uncomfortable to have your perceptions about what's possible rejected or corrected.
Case in point: If you've struggled with money your whole life, how much do you enjoy someone telling you that money is everywhere and super easy to receive, even without work? 
I bet some part of you wants to punt that person into the next neighbourhood.
 
Well, imagine that response on steroids. Imagine someone simultaneously questioned EVERYTHING about you and your world.
 
That's what I experienced, and that's why I needed to say yes. 
 
Not in the moment, mind. In the moment I couldn't tell if I needed to cry or find a bathroom. So I went and had the fit, and then I reached out again to confirm the contract. 
 
Your new life will cost you your old one. When you're standing at the edge, and it's time to drop the old weight that will enable you to climb to the next level, do you hold on to what you know? Or release and climb?
 
Our decisions in these moments shape our future. Drop me a comment and tell me what kind of decisions you're making in 2019 😊
 
Best,
Sarah xo

 

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Even though the holidays are a few weeks behind us, you may still be experiencing the side effects of all the celebrations including feeling heavy, bloated and stuffed. 

These 6 simple, delicious, inexpensive and easily accessible superfoods will help you bounce back and feel better right away. 

Ok, so what are those debloating superstars? 

 

Parsley

Parsley is one of the best foods to help support and detoxify the liver. Compounds in parsley can help kill some bad bacteria and cause the liver to secrete bile, which is the key player in breaking down fat. 

 

Add freshly chopped parsley to smoothies, soups, salads, sauces, dips, dressings and sprinkle on food before serving. 

 

Fennel

Fennel is a miracle debloater. Fennel tea is my favorite beverage to drink on the first day of my period. It not only reduces bloating, fennel acts as an antispasmodic, relieving cramping. I also love fennel essential oil. I rub it in my abdomen when I feel bloated and always carry it with me when I fly or travel.

 

To make a refreshing and highly effective debloating tonic combine hot fennel tea with fresh ginger slices (let it steep for at least 15 minutes) and freshly squeezed lemon juice. 

 

 

Lemon 

Quercetin in lemons is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Lemons also help to detoxify the liver and that's why I always recommend my clients to start their day with warm water with lemon to help move things along. 

 

Besides lemon water, my favorite use of lemons is to squeeze them over steamed broccoli. 

 

 

Cucumbers

 

Cucumbers are 95% water which makes them an ideal hydrating and cooling food. They are anti-inflammatory, low in calories and high in fiber making them a wonderful choice for digestive health. 

 

If you don't enjoy cucumbers in your salads or as a snack, you can easily blend them into a smoothie. 

 

 

 

Mint 

Mint has been one of the most well-knows plants that help support a healthy digestive tract. There is nothing better than a hot cup of mint tea to settle the stomach after a heavy meal or even food poisoning. Research that shows mint may help relieve IBS by soothing pain from inflammation in the GI tract. 

 

Mint can be enjoyed in teas but also added to salads and smoothies. It adds a great boost of flavor. 

 

 

 

Ginger 

 

Ginger is another old remedy that acts as a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea and a root that supports digestion of foods. Ginger essential oil is another oil I use on the first day of my period. It helps with stomach discomfort and cramps. Besides rubbing it into my abdomen I make tea with it from fresh ginger slices (and fennel, and lemon). 

 

 

Want to make a debloating smoothie? Here's my favorite recipe. 

 

 

Additional tips to help with bloating: 

 

  • Increase your water intake (aim for half of your body weight in oz). 

  • Remove any fizzy drinks from your diet (including zero calorie ones). 

  • Avoid any sugar alcohols (they can be found in most protein supplements, protein bars, protein shakes and low calorie/low sugar foods). 

  • Monitor your fiber intake - too much or too little can be as troublesome. Aim for about 25 g of fiber per day. 

  • Reduce sodium intake (high sodium diet causes water retention and increases blood pressure). 

  • Exercise regularly. 

  • Eat slowly and mindfully, chewing your food thoroughly before swallowing. 

 

Did you enjoy this article? Make sure you share it with friends and family members who can benefit from reading it. 

Do you have any questions? You can email me here

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  • My personal empowerment is not from being a woman, feminism or feminist rights or girl power. It is simply my Divine Birthright stemming from my own Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine within my sacred Consciousness.
    I don't claim any titles or labels. I don't identify with the two dimensional human concept of things.
    It's a state of consciousness. A state of BEing.
    There is no human interpretation to it. It just IS. Only the human ego has a need to dissect and dilute it into something that ends up separating and fragmenting us into something artificial.
    We don't need to be identified or defined by anything or anyone. We don't owe any kind of explanation to the limited illusions of this place.
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This past week I received an application for coaching. After some discussion, I sent the person a booking link to choose a time for a discovery call (this is a complimentary coaching session where we do some digging into what the underlying issues are and what it would take to get the person where they're trying to go).
The applicant was displeased to see that I don't have any available times until March (as I write this, it's the middle of January). They decided they would forego the call, and try to find a coach who was available sooner.
 
Now, this isn't a problem for me. I have been operating a model of reality for some time that essentially says 'whoever needs me will find me', and therefore, soulmate clients have had me booked solid for the past couple of years. I have total faith that anyone who falls out of my orbit was not a good match, and is clearing space for another absolute legend. 
 
But it did make me think of something funny. And that is that you should never choose your coach (or your waxer, for that matter) based on them being available on demand. For a few reasons:
 
  1. An empty calendar is like an empty restaurant. It gives you an idea of the quality of the product being served. The only good reason I can think of that a coach would be freely available at the drop of a hat, is if they're very new. Now, if you're right at the start of your personal development journey and any level of support and accountability will make a difference, then by all means, take advantage of the beginner-pricing and rip into it. BUT... if you're trying to launch a business and you have real money riding on you moving forward quickly... then you need an experienced coach with proven results. And that person isn't going to jump when you snap your fingers.
  2. We choose coaches and mentors based on whether that person has achieved what we want to achieve, or is succeeding at something you're still struggling with. Generally, you would pick someone who's living some version of your ideal life - because they've obviously figured out how, and you want to learn. So.. ipso facto.. if the coach is living your ideal life, they won't be a slave to everyone who sends a msg to their social media accounts. They won't be prioritizing strangers over their own self care. They won't be taking whoever they can get as clients; they'll be choosing people they're excited about working with to bring projects to life that inspire and excite them. If a busy coach drops everything to prioritize you over sleep, dinner or toilet breaks, they're not living a life you want. That's a warning, not a bonus. 
So, my point is, choose your people for the right reasons. Learn from someone who's living a life you want, and succeeding at it, not someone who's so desperate for your business that they'll compromise their own boundaries for it. 
And for Christ's sake, choose a waxer who has repeat clientele.
 
Peace,
Sarah
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This past week I received an application for coaching. After some discussion, I sent the person a booking link to choose a time for a discovery call (this is a complimentary coaching session where we do some digging into what the underlying issues are and what it would take to get the person where they're trying to go).
The applicant was displeased to see that I don't have any available times until March (as I write this, it's the middle of January). They decided they would forego the call, and try to find a coach who was available sooner.
 
Now, this isn't a problem for me. I have been operating a model of reality for some time that essentially says 'whoever needs me will find me', and therefore, soulmate clients have had me booked solid for the past couple of years. I have total faith that anyone who falls out of my orbit was not a good match, and is clearing space for another absolute legend. 
 
But it did make me think of something funny. And that is that you should never choose your coach (or your waxer, for that matter) based on them being available on demand. For a few reasons:
 
  1. An empty calendar is like an empty restaurant. It gives you an idea of the quality of the product being served. The only good reason I can think of that a coach would be freely available at the drop of a hat, is if they're very new. Now, if you're right at the start of your personal development journey and any level of support and accountability will make a difference, then by all means, take advantage of the beginner-pricing and rip into it. BUT... if you're trying to launch a business and you have real money riding on you moving forward quickly... then you need an experienced coach with proven results. And that person isn't going to jump when you snap your fingers.
  2. We choose coaches and mentors based on whether that person has achieved what we want to achieve, or is succeeding at something you're still struggling with. Generally, you would pick someone who's living some version of your ideal life - because they've obviously figured out how, and you want to learn. So.. ipso facto.. if the coach is living your ideal life, they won't be a slave to everyone who sends a msg to their social media accounts. They won't be prioritizing strangers over their own self care. They won't be taking whoever they can get as clients; they'll be choosing people they're excited about working with to bring projects to life that inspire and excite them. If a busy coach drops everything to prioritize you over sleep, dinner or toilet breaks, they're not living a life you want. That's a warning, not a bonus. 
So, my point is, choose your people for the right reasons. Learn from someone who's living a life you want, and succeeding at it, not someone who's so desperate for your business that they'll compromise their own boundaries for it. 
And for Christ's sake, choose a waxer who has repeat clientele.
 
Peace,
Sarah
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As the HU Community continues to grow, we are constantly working to develop apps that will help our members connect, collaborate and grow.

To this end, we are excited to announce the launch of our new Banners app.  This new feature allows members to post ads to promote their practice, products, services or events.  Although Banners can only be posted by members, they can be seen by both members and non-members.

Although we recommend the default Banner type, which is image based, you also have the option to post a text Banner (the size for both is 400x120dpi). 

In order to post your own Banner, simply click on your profile picture, located in the top right corner of your screen, and then scroll down the pop-up window and select Banners.

When listing a new Banner, select Image or Text (again, we recommend Image).  Then select how you want the Banner to run:

  • Number of days
  • Number of page impressions
  • Number of clicks

In the “Days” field, enter the number of days, impressions or clicks you want to purchase.  You can start the Banner display immediately, or at a future date.

In the URL field, enter the web address where you want users directed when they click on your Banner.  You can direct them to an existing web page, or to a “Lead Page” if you want to track a specific promotion.  If you need help publishing a “Lead Page”, simply send an email to support@holisticunited.com with “Lead Page” as the Subject line.

Now upload the image that you want displayed for your Banner. Once you have published your Banner you can view the Banner analytics by clicking on the ‘info’ icon (located on the top right corner of your Banner), you will be able to see the total number of days, impressions and clicks for your Banner.  If you do prefer to post a Text Banner, you will also be required to enter a Caption (or title).

If you have any questions, send an email to support@holisticunited.com with “Banners” as the Subject line.

 

 

 

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Earlier today I did a meditation, where I met and spoke to myself at various points in the future.
 
Future me has achieved everything I want to achieve and is effin awesome, if I do say so myself.
 
In addition, every future version of me had some incredible advice. I suspect it will also help some of you out there, so here it is.
 
2yrs into the future:
Future me is in LA with my best friend and we're strolling down the street on our way to get some eats.
(I look like I've taken up bodysculpting, which is excellent news because my best friend is a fitness model and hanging out with her can sometimes be a little 'confronting' in the aesthetics dept... 😉)
I interrupt this bolder, fitter, brighter version and she is so pleased to see me. She says:
"Sometimes you forget that the world is mirroring everything you think you are and everything you believe. So with that in mind, you need to have more fun. You need to relax, so that your world can reflect back to you that that's safe. Doing fun things, going on adventures and investing in yourself isn't 'spending', it's guaranteeing your success. Because it comes from a place of knowing you're infinitely guided and supported."
 
5yrs into the future:
I'm in my fabulous multi-storey mezzanine-levelled-to-h*ll beach house overlooking the ocean in Australia. Future me is upstairs getting ready for dinner but she sees me in the lounge admiring the view and rushes downstairs to give me a hug. She laughs at my reaction to the (completely OTT) house and says:
"Why do you seem surprised that you could have so much? The whole planet and everything it contains is just a humming ball of atoms - align with some fun ones and materialize some cool sh*t. You get so stuck on the 'how', but all the 'hows' are in the material world, and you know better than to mess with the finished product, when you could simply issue a new blueprint and watch it being built from the beach."
 
10yrs into the future:
I'm on a yacht. It's a great thing I got into body sculpting 9yrs ago because my 44yo body is rocking that bikini like it's her job. I think it might be. She comes inside to get some ice out of the freezer for more drinks and sees me standing there looking really pleased that there's a yacht in my future. She sees everything that's wrong with me (health-wise) and looks sympathetic. I admire her hair - sea salt was always my best styling tool. She touches my face and says:
"What you resist, persists. You only have these problems because you're trying so hard to get rid of them from a place of judgement. You think you're scouring away everything that's 'wrong' with you, but it was never wrong. It's just human. You were judged so harshly for every little thing that you learned you need 'fixing' around the clock. Your body is tired from all the correcting, love. Start caring."
 
20yrs into the future:
I'm in a stone villa in France. I'm sat at a beautiful table in my rustic kitchen, writing another book on another Mac. I'm dressed very chic, no doubt influenced by discovering Sezane sweaters recently. As I'm standing behind myself, watching her type, I hope I bought shares in that company. I sit down on the side of the table, in her peripheral vision. She looks less surprised but equally happy to see me. She sees me looking at the Mac and seems to know intuitively that the next thing I need to hear is about speaking up. She says:
"Just say it. The idea of the outrage is much worse than the reality. You will say things that are true, and people will be angry, and then it will be forgotten, and it won't really have mattered anyway, so what was all the fear and fuss about? The things you're learning are to be shared - education is for evolution. But everyone evolves at different speeds. Whoever needs to hear it, will. Whoever isn't ready, will troll. But you remain safe, and the reaction remains irrelevant. Just say it."
 
50yrs into the future.
I'm old, I'm in an armchair, I look very happy, and I'm not sure if it's because I'm surrounded by a lot of family or if it's because I have a cup of tea. I prize tea very highly and I'm pleased to see it's still a thing in 2069. Please note I'm referring to real tea - black, caffeinated, powerful. Not that weird lawn-water Americans think is tea. Future me smiles and says:
"The bad stuff was the most important part. We must break our hearts until they open, and I'm sorry yours was smashed so early, love. But you had to be very open to receive the volume of learning you're here for. You have so much to do, and be, and know, and there simply wouldn't have been room or time if you'd received the toughest lessons any later. You've often thought that being broken so young was the thing that got in the way... In fact, it is the only reason you can do any of this stuff. It wasn't a pain to get over, it was the most important part of your journey: it was the catalyst. But I have good news. Forgive me if I spoil the ending, but it all works out. Relax and enjoy the ride, love. It's going to be a truly phenomenal adventure."
 
I got a lot out of this meditation - I hope what I received was helpful for you too. 
All my love,
Sarah xo
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What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a serious and lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.

People with schizophrenia may experience delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech or behavior, and impaired cognitive ability. They may hear voices or see things that aren’t there. They may believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. These behaviors can be scary and upsetting to people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely agitated. It can also be scary and upsetting to the people around them.

People with schizophrenia may sometimes talk about strange or unusual ideas, which can make it difficult to carry on a conversation. They may sit for hours without moving or talking. Sometimes people with schizophrenia seem perfectly fine until they talk about what they are thinking.

Schizophrenia is not dissociative identity disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder or split personality). While some of the signs may seem similar on the surface, people with dissociative identity disorder have two or more distinct identities that are present and alternately take control of them.

People with schizophrenia may cope with symptoms throughout their lives, but treatment helps many to recover sufficiently and pursue their life goals. Researchers are using new research tools to understand the causes of schizophrenia and develop more effective treatments.

What are the signs of schizophrenia?

It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia and seek help early. The signs usually appear between ages 16 and 30. In rare cases, children can have schizophrenia too. Schizophrenia symptoms fall into three categories: positive, negative, and cognitive.

Positive symptoms

Positive” symptoms are referred to as positive because the symptoms are additional behaviors not generally seen in healthy people. For some people, these symptoms come and go. For others, the symptoms become stable over time. These symptoms can be severe— but at other times—unnoticeable. Positive symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations: When a person sees, hears, smells, tastes, or feels things that are not real. Hearing voices is common for people with schizophrenia. People who hear voices may hear them for a long time before family or friends notice a problem.

  • Delusions: When a person believes things that are not true. For example, a person may believe that people on the radio and television are talking directly to him or her. Sometimes people who have delusions may believe that they are in danger or that others are trying to hurt them.

  • Thought disorders: When a person has ways of thinking that are odd or illogical. People with thought disorders may have trouble organizing their thoughts. Sometimes a person will stop talking in the middle of a thought or make up words that have no meaning.

  • Movement disorders: When a person exhibits abnormal body movements. A person may repeat certain motions over and over—this is called stereotypies. At the other extreme, a person may stop moving or talking for a while, which is a rare condition called catatonia.

Negative symptoms

“Negative” symptoms refer to social withdrawal, difficulty showing emotions, or difficulty functioning normally. People with negative symptoms may need help with everyday tasks. Negative symptoms include:

  • Talking in a dull voice

  • Showing no facial expression, such as a smile or frown

  • Having trouble experiencing happiness

  • Having trouble planning and sticking with an activity, such as grocery shopping

  • Talking very little to other people, even when it is important

These symptoms are harder to recognize as part of schizophrenia and can be mistaken for depression or other conditions.

Cognitive symptoms

Cognitive symptoms are not easy to see, but they can make it hard for people to have a job or take care of themselves. The level of cognitive function is one of the best predictors of a person’s ability to improve how they function overall. Often, these symptoms are detected only when specific tests are performed. Cognitive symptoms include:

  • Difficulty processing information to make decisions

  • Problems using information immediately after learning it

  • Trouble paying attention

Risk of violence

Most people with schizophrenia are not violent. If a person has symptoms of schizophrenia, it is important to help him or her get treatment as quickly as possible. The risk of violence is greatest when schizophrenia is untreated since the illness may get worse over time. People with schizophrenia are much more likely than those without the illness, to be harmed by others as well as harm themselves.

Drugs and alcohol

It is common for people with schizophrenia to have problems with illicit drugs and alcohol. A treatment program that includes treatment for both illnesses is critical for recovery because misuse of drugs and alcohol can interfere with treatment for schizophrenia.
Drug abuse can increase the risk of suicide, trauma, and homelessness in people with schizophrenia as well as increase the risk of developing other mental illnesses. To learn more about substance use and mental health, visit www.nimh.nih.gov (search: substance use).

What causes schizophrenia?

Many factors may cause schizophrenia, including:

  • Genetics. Schizophrenia sometimes runs in families. However, it is important to know that just because someone in a family has schizophrenia, it does not mean that other members of the family will have it as well.

  • Environment. Many environmental factors may be involved, such as living in poverty, stressful surroundings, and exposure to viruses or nutritional problems before birth.

  • Disruptions in brain structures, brain function, and brain chemistry. These disruptions could be the result of genetic or environmental factors and, in turn, may cause schizophrenia.

Researchers have learned a lot about schizophrenia, but more research is needed to help explain its causes.

Source: NIH

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Yesterday I dropped USD$7000 (NZD$10200) on 2 new coaches for the first couple months of 2019. Some of my friends and family struggle with how much and how easily I spend on coaching and support for myself and the answer is important so I’m going to post it.

If you don’t like the movie that’s playing, you don’t try to paint over the big fabric screen at the front of the cinema. That’s obviously not the source of the image. You have to go into the back room and change the reel on the projector.

Same with your life.

Humans are just projectors. We create a reality that supports and reinforces our identity and beliefs.

Now, my life is pretty good. I only do what I want, I travel the world permanently and the people I coach are AMAZING. I am beyond blessed to be a part of the incredible things they want to create: A social enterprise that only employs the homeless. A thousands-strong march for children’s literacy. Support and literature for people dealing with food addiction. And many more.

But there are still things I want to do/be/create. And if I want to have/be/do them, I need to BE the person that does.

Everything is energy. I don’t need to slave to get money to buy things… I already am past the hourly-rate mindset. What I need to do is embody whoever I need to be to have a life that reflects that identity. And some of those identities are a long way from where I started.

The human nervous system is wired for survival. We can’t see our own blind spots, we’re naturally risk-averse and threats to our learned identity create psychological pain and survival patterns like procrastination, perfectionism and overwhelm.

For me to be as successful as I need to be to help as many people as I want to help (clients, friends, and family), I need to always be on my game. It has to be me in charge of this vehicle; not any out-of-date programming, childhood fears or bad habits.

So what are you trying to create in your life that would benefit from support? If wealth is your goal, for example, where do you know your mindset is off because even though you feel like everything you know is ‘right’, you’re still not a millionaire…?

Put it this way: If you’re living all your dreams, continue on as you were. If you’re not, it’s time for a coach. And if you don’t think your dreams are worthy of investment, GET BIGGER DREAMS.

Peace xo

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Yesterday I dropped USD$7000 (NZD$10200) on 2 new coaches for the first couple months of 2019. Some of my friends and family struggle with how much and how easily I spend on coaching and support for myself and the answer is important so I’m going to post it.

If you don’t like the movie that’s playing, you don’t try to paint over the big fabric screen at the front of the cinema. That’s obviously not the source of the image. You have to go into the back room and change the reel on the projector.

Same with your life.

Humans are just projectors. We create a reality that supports and reinforces our identity and beliefs.

Now, my life is pretty good. I only do what I want, I travel the world permanently and the people I coach are AMAZING. I am beyond blessed to be a part of the incredible things they want to create: A social enterprise that only employs the homeless. A thousands-strong march for children’s literacy. Support and literature for people dealing with food addiction. And many more.

But there are still things I want to do/be/create. And if I want to have/be/do them, I need to BE the person that does.

Everything is energy. I don’t need to slave to get money to buy things… I already am past the hourly-rate mindset. What I need to do is embody whoever I need to be to have a life that reflects that identity. And some of those identities are a long way from where I started.

The human nervous system is wired for survival. We can’t see our own blind spots, we’re naturally risk-averse and threats to our learned identity create psychological pain and survival patterns like procrastination, perfectionism and overwhelm.

For me to be as successful as I need to be to help as many people as I want to help (clients, friends, and family), I need to always be on my game. It has to be me in charge of this vehicle; not any out-of-date programming, childhood fears or bad habits.

So what are you trying to create in your life that would benefit from support? If wealth is your goal, for example, where do you know your mindset is off because even though you feel like everything you know is ‘right’, you’re still not a millionaire…?

Put it this way: If you’re living all your dreams, continue on as you were. If you’re not, it’s time for a coach. And if you don’t think your dreams are worthy of investment, GET BIGGER DREAMS.

Peace xo

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Salt salt salt... It certainly went through a lot in the history of the world. In ancient times salt was a highly prized commodity with an exchange rate equal to gold. In today's world however, it is one of the cheapest condiments, and one that we certainly overuse. Today's post will dig into one of salt's main components: sodium. 

 

Sodium is an electrolyte absolutely necessary for human survival. Our bodies need it to maintain the right balance of fluids, transmit nerve impulses, and contract and relax muscles.

 

The average American consumes more than twice the recommended amount of 2/3 tsp of sodium per day. In excess that can become toxic. High sodium intake puts us at risk of coronary disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, sleeping issues and excess weight. According to scientists at the University of Delaware, high salt intake may impair the inner lining of blood vessels, increase arterial stiffness, weaken the heart and kidney function, and interfere with sympathetic nervous system. 

 

Food manufacturers use salt for flavor, color, texture, and to extend shelf life. The highest sources of sodium are found in processed and packaged foods such as frozen dinners, pizza, cold cuts and cured meats, sandwiches, crackers, breads, rolls, cookies, chips, soups, sauces as well as in fast foods and restaurant meals. 

 

 

Why too much salt is bad for us? 

 

- causes water retention,

- causes high blood pressure - sodium is one of the key players in regulating blood pressure, 

- can lead to bone loss - too much sodium causes our body to excrete calcium through urine, 

- kidney disease due to high blood pressure which causes damage to small vessels in the kidneys, 

- stomach cancer - salt is believed to increase the growth of Helicobacter pylori (H pylori), a bacteria which is linked to higher risk of stomach cancer, 

- weight gain (it changes the way your body metabolizes fat by increasing insulin production,) 

- it's addictive (research shows that consuming a lot of salt triggers the release of dopamine, the reward hormone),

- eating a lot of salty foods increases cravings,

- increases thirst. 

 

What can we do about all this? 

 

 

Tune in for part 2 (coming next week) on how to reduce sodium intake in your diet. 

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Yoga Nidra, the concept, is adopted from the ancient science of Tantra. It is a powerful practice for achieving deep relaxation while being conscious and aware. Nidra as a word stands for sleep, but the application here is totally different from what we generally understand sleep as. To understand this we need to log onto some basic insight into the different states of consciousness as explained in the yogic system.

There are three states in which our consciousness keep oscillating at regular intervals, through the agency of mind. These intervals are predetermined most of the times which is referred as the Bio Rhythms.

  1. Jaagrut awastha or normal wakeful state (conscious): This is outer most dimension in which consciousness is in contact with the external material dimension through the agency of sensory organs. We have five sensory organs viz. sight, smell, audition, taste and touch. This is where most of worldly communications takes place. Consciousness exists in an extroverted state relying on sensory organs to relay the information from surroundings.
  2. Swapna awastha or dream state (sub conscious): This is a totally different dimension where consciousness experiences a reality in forms of dreams.
  3. Sushupti awashta or deep sleep (unconscious): State of deep sleep when even dreams don’t appear to the consciousness and an absolute state is experienced which is mostly untraceable by common mind.

While we enter into ordinary sleep, the consciousness drifts from conscious plane to other two without an awareness of this transition. In yoga nidra, we train our mind to retain the awareness not just of this transition but of the actual experience it receives while being in each state.

During the practice, consciousness moves to a threshold state between sleep and wakefulness, thereby connecting with the sub conscious and unconscious dimensions.

This awareness is the actual scientific definition of relaxation which is in contrast to popular beliefs. As we generally observe by relaxation we often mean lying on a couch, having a cup of coffee or a drink or reading our favorite author or genre. All these are simply sensory diversions that change the direction in which our sense organs are engaged. They have very less to do with actual relaxation that occurs only when we are aware and unattached; in this reference it’s better to say un-indulged.

The matrix of Tension

Action, in general, leads to tension. This is natural physics. Two forces operating simultaneously at the same time will create tension. As we go through doing small and big things in life with body, mind or heart, we produce tension. And that tension operates on us. Whatever we do as part of routine, from eating to sleeping, to walking to running to catching a train to managing projects at work, each activity results in tension. These tensions are stored at several planes of our personality.

These accumulated tensions manifest in several form via our psyche. Imbalances, disorders and conflicts within an individual or societies or nations.

Yoga straightforwardly identifies these tensions at the source of suffering.  We are not aware of them directly and only see their symptoms. This condition is known as Klesha in Yoga and they are the root of all human problems. Avidya or ignorance is where they all are rooted. This ignorance is the realm of our personalities about which we are not really aware of.

We can categorize three basic types of tension:

  1. Muscular
  2. Emotional
  3. Mental

Yoga Nidra is an effective method of achieving physical, emotional and mental rest and release. It’s a systematic tool of transiting between different states of consciousness. This has got powerful and profound impacts on the overall personality. We are able to let go of stored tensions, burn sanskaras or to say break older habitual conditioning in order to have a fresh and conscious experience overall. It also increases the receptivity of mind and thus enhances learning and gaining knowledge.

Creativity and Sankalp

Also it allows for a creative expression of our mind as it get free from fears, phobias and several neurosis. This helps in concentrating the energy of mind and giving it a channeled expression. Opting for a resolution or Sankalp, during the practise provides for that channeling of the energy. This Sankalp is a very positive and virtuous idea that you might be aspired towards having as a part of you. It is chosen and repeated constantly each time you practise until it is realized.

Psychological Correlates

Our brain emits different types of wave patterns while we drift from one state of mind to the other. Mapping these waves through specific instruments has been a milestone in the studies conducted in several places. This has made more and more scientific brains interested and attracted towards exploring and researching the probable implications of Yoga Nidra as a tool to overcome several issues that modern civilization is struggling with.

The table below shows a scientific explanatory values for the states of consciousness and the values for brain waves emitted in each of these states. Also mentioned is the correlated field of experiencing with each state.

No. State of consciousness Psychological name Brainwave pattern Experience
1 Awake Conscious mind Beta

 

(13-20 cps)

Sensory awareness, external knowledge
2 Yoga Nidra Border line between awake and sleep Alpha

 

(8-12 cps)

Deep relaxation, conscious dreaming
3 Dreaming sleeping Subconscious mind Theta

 

(4 – 7 cps)

Release of emotions, fears and desires
4 Deep sleep Unconscious mind Delta

 

(0-4 cps)

Awakening of instincts and primitive drives

The popular format of Yoga Nidra was designed by Shri Swami Satyananda Saraswti, the founder of one of the most authentic and popular institution of yoga study in our times called Bihar School of Yoga. He was a realized yogi who reformed many concepts and principles of yoga so as to be understood by the modern mind easily.

For more information on the technique and practice of yoga nidra, we will soon publish another post with further details.

Kind regards
Acharya vinay

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I am currently using 3 different coaches, for different areas of my life, and on top of that I'm enrolled in a handful of Masterminds, to ensure my vibe and energetic minimums don't slip back to the comfort and complacency that my ego enjoys. My support is a critical investment, because procrastination, overwhelm and fear cost more than quality mentorship ever could. 
And yesterday I had a discovery call with another coach. 
 
I never turn down the opportunity to chat, because I don't believe in coincidence. If we fall into each other's orbit, there will be a reason, and I know I can trust my body to make the right decision. If it's a no, it's a no, and we're all professionals here - there'll be no hard feelings. 
 
BUT.. a yes often feels much worse than a no. And since I experienced the most uncomfortable yes of my life yesterday, I thought it would be worth a public post. Because a common misconception I've found, is that people think growth and progress looks like skipping through a tulip field while your PayPal notifications 'bing!' melodiously. 
 
In reality, it looks like your vagus nerve has been plucked like a guitar string, and you're wondering if there's time to exit the Zoom call before you vomit on the screen.
 
In the discovery call, we discussed some things that need work around attachment theory, complimentary energies, and expansion. Now, all of these things are constantly being worked on, but from different angles and viewpoints. And this particular coach brought a completely new perspective to the mix. One that would require an unprecedented level of bravery and release.
 
How did I know that this was going to be pivotal input that was worth the investment? 
I got sick. I got really sick. We reached the part of the discussion where it was time to choose between moving forward or falling back into what I knew, and my entire survival system went haywire. I had a vagal response, my head was aching, I was dizzy and I needed to breathe through some fairly intense nausea.
 
And here's why that was the best thing EVER:
 
I was not under threat. There were no tigers in my office at that time. No murderers at the door, no building on fire. 
And yet my system responded as though we were gunna die. Which means someone is... and it's not me. 
 
So who was it? 
 
Short answer: my story. My current understanding of who I am and what I'm capable of.
 
Our identities are made up of our survival meanings, our coping mechanisms and our experiences. It incorporates our models of reality, our emotional homes and our value and belief systems. As far as the nervous system is concerned, a threat to your identity is a threat to your life. This is why it's so uncomfortable to have your perceptions about what's possible rejected or corrected.
Case in point: If you've struggled with money your whole life, how much do you enjoy someone telling you that money is everywhere and super easy to receive, even without work? 
I bet some part of you wants to punt that person into the next neighbourhood.
 
Well, imagine that response on steroids. Imagine someone simultaneously questioned EVERYTHING about you and your world.
 
That's what I experienced, and that's why I needed to say yes. 
 
Not in the moment, mind. In the moment I couldn't tell if I needed to cry or find a bathroom. So I went and had the fit, and then I reached out again to confirm the contract. 
 
Your new life will cost you your old one. When you're standing at the edge, and it's time to drop the old weight that will enable you to climb to the next level, do you hold on to what you know? Or release and climb?
 
Our decisions in these moments shape our future. Drop me a comment and tell me what kind of decisions you're making in 2019 😊
 
Best,
Sarah xo

 

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Even though the holidays are a few weeks behind us, you may still be experiencing the side effects of all the celebrations including feeling heavy, bloated and stuffed. 

These 6 simple, delicious, inexpensive and easily accessible superfoods will help you bounce back and feel better right away. 

Ok, so what are those debloating superstars? 

 

Parsley

Parsley is one of the best foods to help support and detoxify the liver. Compounds in parsley can help kill some bad bacteria and cause the liver to secrete bile, which is the key player in breaking down fat. 

 

Add freshly chopped parsley to smoothies, soups, salads, sauces, dips, dressings and sprinkle on food before serving. 

 

Fennel

Fennel is a miracle debloater. Fennel tea is my favorite beverage to drink on the first day of my period. It not only reduces bloating, fennel acts as an antispasmodic, relieving cramping. I also love fennel essential oil. I rub it in my abdomen when I feel bloated and always carry it with me when I fly or travel.

 

To make a refreshing and highly effective debloating tonic combine hot fennel tea with fresh ginger slices (let it steep for at least 15 minutes) and freshly squeezed lemon juice. 

 

 

Lemon 

Quercetin in lemons is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Lemons also help to detoxify the liver and that's why I always recommend my clients to start their day with warm water with lemon to help move things along. 

 

Besides lemon water, my favorite use of lemons is to squeeze them over steamed broccoli. 

 

 

Cucumbers

 

Cucumbers are 95% water which makes them an ideal hydrating and cooling food. They are anti-inflammatory, low in calories and high in fiber making them a wonderful choice for digestive health. 

 

If you don't enjoy cucumbers in your salads or as a snack, you can easily blend them into a smoothie. 

 

 

 

Mint 

Mint has been one of the most well-knows plants that help support a healthy digestive tract. There is nothing better than a hot cup of mint tea to settle the stomach after a heavy meal or even food poisoning. Research that shows mint may help relieve IBS by soothing pain from inflammation in the GI tract. 

 

Mint can be enjoyed in teas but also added to salads and smoothies. It adds a great boost of flavor. 

 

 

 

Ginger 

 

Ginger is another old remedy that acts as a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea and a root that supports digestion of foods. Ginger essential oil is another oil I use on the first day of my period. It helps with stomach discomfort and cramps. Besides rubbing it into my abdomen I make tea with it from fresh ginger slices (and fennel, and lemon). 

 

 

Want to make a debloating smoothie? Here's my favorite recipe. 

 

 

Additional tips to help with bloating: 

 

  • Increase your water intake (aim for half of your body weight in oz). 

  • Remove any fizzy drinks from your diet (including zero calorie ones). 

  • Avoid any sugar alcohols (they can be found in most protein supplements, protein bars, protein shakes and low calorie/low sugar foods). 

  • Monitor your fiber intake - too much or too little can be as troublesome. Aim for about 25 g of fiber per day. 

  • Reduce sodium intake (high sodium diet causes water retention and increases blood pressure). 

  • Exercise regularly. 

  • Eat slowly and mindfully, chewing your food thoroughly before swallowing. 

 

Did you enjoy this article? Make sure you share it with friends and family members who can benefit from reading it. 

Do you have any questions? You can email me here

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    I don't claim any titles or labels. I don't identify with the two dimensional human concept of things.
    It's a state of consciousness. A state of BEing.
    There is no human interpretation to it. It just IS. Only the human ego has a need to dissect and dilute it into something that ends up separating and fragmenting us into something artificial.
    We don't need to be identified or defined by anything or anyone. We don't owe any kind of explanation to the limited illusions of this place.
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This past week I received an application for coaching. After some discussion, I sent the person a booking link to choose a time for a discovery call (this is a complimentary coaching session where we do some digging into what the underlying issues are and what it would take to get the person where they're trying to go).
The applicant was displeased to see that I don't have any available times until March (as I write this, it's the middle of January). They decided they would forego the call, and try to find a coach who was available sooner.
 
Now, this isn't a problem for me. I have been operating a model of reality for some time that essentially says 'whoever needs me will find me', and therefore, soulmate clients have had me booked solid for the past couple of years. I have total faith that anyone who falls out of my orbit was not a good match, and is clearing space for another absolute legend. 
 
But it did make me think of something funny. And that is that you should never choose your coach (or your waxer, for that matter) based on them being available on demand. For a few reasons:
 
  1. An empty calendar is like an empty restaurant. It gives you an idea of the quality of the product being served. The only good reason I can think of that a coach would be freely available at the drop of a hat, is if they're very new. Now, if you're right at the start of your personal development journey and any level of support and accountability will make a difference, then by all means, take advantage of the beginner-pricing and rip into it. BUT... if you're trying to launch a business and you have real money riding on you moving forward quickly... then you need an experienced coach with proven results. And that person isn't going to jump when you snap your fingers.
  2. We choose coaches and mentors based on whether that person has achieved what we want to achieve, or is succeeding at something you're still struggling with. Generally, you would pick someone who's living some version of your ideal life - because they've obviously figured out how, and you want to learn. So.. ipso facto.. if the coach is living your ideal life, they won't be a slave to everyone who sends a msg to their social media accounts. They won't be prioritizing strangers over their own self care. They won't be taking whoever they can get as clients; they'll be choosing people they're excited about working with to bring projects to life that inspire and excite them. If a busy coach drops everything to prioritize you over sleep, dinner or toilet breaks, they're not living a life you want. That's a warning, not a bonus. 
So, my point is, choose your people for the right reasons. Learn from someone who's living a life you want, and succeeding at it, not someone who's so desperate for your business that they'll compromise their own boundaries for it. 
And for Christ's sake, choose a waxer who has repeat clientele.
 
Peace,
Sarah
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This past week I received an application for coaching. After some discussion, I sent the person a booking link to choose a time for a discovery call (this is a complimentary coaching session where we do some digging into what the underlying issues are and what it would take to get the person where they're trying to go).
The applicant was displeased to see that I don't have any available times until March (as I write this, it's the middle of January). They decided they would forego the call, and try to find a coach who was available sooner.
 
Now, this isn't a problem for me. I have been operating a model of reality for some time that essentially says 'whoever needs me will find me', and therefore, soulmate clients have had me booked solid for the past couple of years. I have total faith that anyone who falls out of my orbit was not a good match, and is clearing space for another absolute legend. 
 
But it did make me think of something funny. And that is that you should never choose your coach (or your waxer, for that matter) based on them being available on demand. For a few reasons:
 
  1. An empty calendar is like an empty restaurant. It gives you an idea of the quality of the product being served. The only good reason I can think of that a coach would be freely available at the drop of a hat, is if they're very new. Now, if you're right at the start of your personal development journey and any level of support and accountability will make a difference, then by all means, take advantage of the beginner-pricing and rip into it. BUT... if you're trying to launch a business and you have real money riding on you moving forward quickly... then you need an experienced coach with proven results. And that person isn't going to jump when you snap your fingers.
  2. We choose coaches and mentors based on whether that person has achieved what we want to achieve, or is succeeding at something you're still struggling with. Generally, you would pick someone who's living some version of your ideal life - because they've obviously figured out how, and you want to learn. So.. ipso facto.. if the coach is living your ideal life, they won't be a slave to everyone who sends a msg to their social media accounts. They won't be prioritizing strangers over their own self care. They won't be taking whoever they can get as clients; they'll be choosing people they're excited about working with to bring projects to life that inspire and excite them. If a busy coach drops everything to prioritize you over sleep, dinner or toilet breaks, they're not living a life you want. That's a warning, not a bonus. 
So, my point is, choose your people for the right reasons. Learn from someone who's living a life you want, and succeeding at it, not someone who's so desperate for your business that they'll compromise their own boundaries for it. 
And for Christ's sake, choose a waxer who has repeat clientele.
 
Peace,
Sarah
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As the HU Community continues to grow, we are constantly working to develop apps that will help our members connect, collaborate and grow.

To this end, we are excited to announce the launch of our new Banners app.  This new feature allows members to post ads to promote their practice, products, services or events.  Although Banners can only be posted by members, they can be seen by both members and non-members.

Although we recommend the default Banner type, which is image based, you also have the option to post a text Banner (the size for both is 400x120dpi). 

In order to post your own Banner, simply click on your profile picture, located in the top right corner of your screen, and then scroll down the pop-up window and select Banners.

When listing a new Banner, select Image or Text (again, we recommend Image).  Then select how you want the Banner to run:

  • Number of days
  • Number of page impressions
  • Number of clicks

In the “Days” field, enter the number of days, impressions or clicks you want to purchase.  You can start the Banner display immediately, or at a future date.

In the URL field, enter the web address where you want users directed when they click on your Banner.  You can direct them to an existing web page, or to a “Lead Page” if you want to track a specific promotion.  If you need help publishing a “Lead Page”, simply send an email to support@holisticunited.com with “Lead Page” as the Subject line.

Now upload the image that you want displayed for your Banner. Once you have published your Banner you can view the Banner analytics by clicking on the ‘info’ icon (located on the top right corner of your Banner), you will be able to see the total number of days, impressions and clicks for your Banner.  If you do prefer to post a Text Banner, you will also be required to enter a Caption (or title).

If you have any questions, send an email to support@holisticunited.com with “Banners” as the Subject line.

 

 

 

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Earlier today I did a meditation, where I met and spoke to myself at various points in the future.
 
Future me has achieved everything I want to achieve and is effin awesome, if I do say so myself.
 
In addition, every future version of me had some incredible advice. I suspect it will also help some of you out there, so here it is.
 
2yrs into the future:
Future me is in LA with my best friend and we're strolling down the street on our way to get some eats.
(I look like I've taken up bodysculpting, which is excellent news because my best friend is a fitness model and hanging out with her can sometimes be a little 'confronting' in the aesthetics dept... 😉)
I interrupt this bolder, fitter, brighter version and she is so pleased to see me. She says:
"Sometimes you forget that the world is mirroring everything you think you are and everything you believe. So with that in mind, you need to have more fun. You need to relax, so that your world can reflect back to you that that's safe. Doing fun things, going on adventures and investing in yourself isn't 'spending', it's guaranteeing your success. Because it comes from a place of knowing you're infinitely guided and supported."
 
5yrs into the future:
I'm in my fabulous multi-storey mezzanine-levelled-to-h*ll beach house overlooking the ocean in Australia. Future me is upstairs getting ready for dinner but she sees me in the lounge admiring the view and rushes downstairs to give me a hug. She laughs at my reaction to the (completely OTT) house and says:
"Why do you seem surprised that you could have so much? The whole planet and everything it contains is just a humming ball of atoms - align with some fun ones and materialize some cool sh*t. You get so stuck on the 'how', but all the 'hows' are in the material world, and you know better than to mess with the finished product, when you could simply issue a new blueprint and watch it being built from the beach."
 
10yrs into the future:
I'm on a yacht. It's a great thing I got into body sculpting 9yrs ago because my 44yo body is rocking that bikini like it's her job. I think it might be. She comes inside to get some ice out of the freezer for more drinks and sees me standing there looking really pleased that there's a yacht in my future. She sees everything that's wrong with me (health-wise) and looks sympathetic. I admire her hair - sea salt was always my best styling tool. She touches my face and says:
"What you resist, persists. You only have these problems because you're trying so hard to get rid of them from a place of judgement. You think you're scouring away everything that's 'wrong' with you, but it was never wrong. It's just human. You were judged so harshly for every little thing that you learned you need 'fixing' around the clock. Your body is tired from all the correcting, love. Start caring."
 
20yrs into the future:
I'm in a stone villa in France. I'm sat at a beautiful table in my rustic kitchen, writing another book on another Mac. I'm dressed very chic, no doubt influenced by discovering Sezane sweaters recently. As I'm standing behind myself, watching her type, I hope I bought shares in that company. I sit down on the side of the table, in her peripheral vision. She looks less surprised but equally happy to see me. She sees me looking at the Mac and seems to know intuitively that the next thing I need to hear is about speaking up. She says:
"Just say it. The idea of the outrage is much worse than the reality. You will say things that are true, and people will be angry, and then it will be forgotten, and it won't really have mattered anyway, so what was all the fear and fuss about? The things you're learning are to be shared - education is for evolution. But everyone evolves at different speeds. Whoever needs to hear it, will. Whoever isn't ready, will troll. But you remain safe, and the reaction remains irrelevant. Just say it."
 
50yrs into the future.
I'm old, I'm in an armchair, I look very happy, and I'm not sure if it's because I'm surrounded by a lot of family or if it's because I have a cup of tea. I prize tea very highly and I'm pleased to see it's still a thing in 2069. Please note I'm referring to real tea - black, caffeinated, powerful. Not that weird lawn-water Americans think is tea. Future me smiles and says:
"The bad stuff was the most important part. We must break our hearts until they open, and I'm sorry yours was smashed so early, love. But you had to be very open to receive the volume of learning you're here for. You have so much to do, and be, and know, and there simply wouldn't have been room or time if you'd received the toughest lessons any later. You've often thought that being broken so young was the thing that got in the way... In fact, it is the only reason you can do any of this stuff. It wasn't a pain to get over, it was the most important part of your journey: it was the catalyst. But I have good news. Forgive me if I spoil the ending, but it all works out. Relax and enjoy the ride, love. It's going to be a truly phenomenal adventure."
 
I got a lot out of this meditation - I hope what I received was helpful for you too. 
All my love,
Sarah xo
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What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a serious and lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.

People with schizophrenia may experience delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech or behavior, and impaired cognitive ability. They may hear voices or see things that aren’t there. They may believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. These behaviors can be scary and upsetting to people with the illness and make them withdrawn or extremely agitated. It can also be scary and upsetting to the people around them.

People with schizophrenia may sometimes talk about strange or unusual ideas, which can make it difficult to carry on a conversation. They may sit for hours without moving or talking. Sometimes people with schizophrenia seem perfectly fine until they talk about what they are thinking.

Schizophrenia is not dissociative identity disorder (formerly called multiple personality disorder or split personality). While some of the signs may seem similar on the surface, people with dissociative identity disorder have two or more distinct identities that are present and alternately take control of them.

People with schizophrenia may cope with symptoms throughout their lives, but treatment helps many to recover sufficiently and pursue their life goals. Researchers are using new research tools to understand the causes of schizophrenia and develop more effective treatments.

What are the signs of schizophrenia?

It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia and seek help early. The signs usually appear between ages 16 and 30. In rare cases, children can have schizophrenia too. Schizophrenia symptoms fall into three categories: positive, negative, and cognitive.

Positive symptoms

Positive” symptoms are referred to as positive because the symptoms are additional behaviors not generally seen in healthy people. For some people, these symptoms come and go. For others, the symptoms become stable over time. These symptoms can be severe— but at other times—unnoticeable. Positive symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations: When a person sees, hears, smells, tastes, or feels things that are not real. Hearing voices is common for people with schizophrenia. People who hear voices may hear them for a long time before family or friends notice a problem.

  • Delusions: When a person believes things that are not true. For example, a person may believe that people on the radio and television are talking directly to him or her. Sometimes people who have delusions may believe that they are in danger or that others are trying to hurt them.

  • Thought disorders: When a person has ways of thinking that are odd or illogical. People with thought disorders may have trouble organizing their thoughts. Sometimes a person will stop talking in the middle of a thought or make up words that have no meaning.

  • Movement disorders: When a person exhibits abnormal body movements. A person may repeat certain motions over and over—this is called stereotypies. At the other extreme, a person may stop moving or talking for a while, which is a rare condition called catatonia.

Negative symptoms

“Negative” symptoms refer to social withdrawal, difficulty showing emotions, or difficulty functioning normally. People with negative symptoms may need help with everyday tasks. Negative symptoms include:

  • Talking in a dull voice

  • Showing no facial expression, such as a smile or frown

  • Having trouble experiencing happiness

  • Having trouble planning and sticking with an activity, such as grocery shopping

  • Talking very little to other people, even when it is important

These symptoms are harder to recognize as part of schizophrenia and can be mistaken for depression or other conditions.

Cognitive symptoms

Cognitive symptoms are not easy to see, but they can make it hard for people to have a job or take care of themselves. The level of cognitive function is one of the best predictors of a person’s ability to improve how they function overall. Often, these symptoms are detected only when specific tests are performed. Cognitive symptoms include:

  • Difficulty processing information to make decisions

  • Problems using information immediately after learning it

  • Trouble paying attention

Risk of violence

Most people with schizophrenia are not violent. If a person has symptoms of schizophrenia, it is important to help him or her get treatment as quickly as possible. The risk of violence is greatest when schizophrenia is untreated since the illness may get worse over time. People with schizophrenia are much more likely than those without the illness, to be harmed by others as well as harm themselves.

Drugs and alcohol

It is common for people with schizophrenia to have problems with illicit drugs and alcohol. A treatment program that includes treatment for both illnesses is critical for recovery because misuse of drugs and alcohol can interfere with treatment for schizophrenia.
Drug abuse can increase the risk of suicide, trauma, and homelessness in people with schizophrenia as well as increase the risk of developing other mental illnesses. To learn more about substance use and mental health, visit www.nimh.nih.gov (search: substance use).

What causes schizophrenia?

Many factors may cause schizophrenia, including:

  • Genetics. Schizophrenia sometimes runs in families. However, it is important to know that just because someone in a family has schizophrenia, it does not mean that other members of the family will have it as well.

  • Environment. Many environmental factors may be involved, such as living in poverty, stressful surroundings, and exposure to viruses or nutritional problems before birth.

  • Disruptions in brain structures, brain function, and brain chemistry. These disruptions could be the result of genetic or environmental factors and, in turn, may cause schizophrenia.

Researchers have learned a lot about schizophrenia, but more research is needed to help explain its causes.

Source: NIH

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Yesterday I dropped USD$7000 (NZD$10200) on 2 new coaches for the first couple months of 2019. Some of my friends and family struggle with how much and how easily I spend on coaching and support for myself and the answer is important so I’m going to post it.

If you don’t like the movie that’s playing, you don’t try to paint over the big fabric screen at the front of the cinema. That’s obviously not the source of the image. You have to go into the back room and change the reel on the projector.

Same with your life.

Humans are just projectors. We create a reality that supports and reinforces our identity and beliefs.

Now, my life is pretty good. I only do what I want, I travel the world permanently and the people I coach are AMAZING. I am beyond blessed to be a part of the incredible things they want to create: A social enterprise that only employs the homeless. A thousands-strong march for children’s literacy. Support and literature for people dealing with food addiction. And many more.

But there are still things I want to do/be/create. And if I want to have/be/do them, I need to BE the person that does.

Everything is energy. I don’t need to slave to get money to buy things… I already am past the hourly-rate mindset. What I need to do is embody whoever I need to be to have a life that reflects that identity. And some of those identities are a long way from where I started.

The human nervous system is wired for survival. We can’t see our own blind spots, we’re naturally risk-averse and threats to our learned identity create psychological pain and survival patterns like procrastination, perfectionism and overwhelm.

For me to be as successful as I need to be to help as many people as I want to help (clients, friends, and family), I need to always be on my game. It has to be me in charge of this vehicle; not any out-of-date programming, childhood fears or bad habits.

So what are you trying to create in your life that would benefit from support? If wealth is your goal, for example, where do you know your mindset is off because even though you feel like everything you know is ‘right’, you’re still not a millionaire…?

Put it this way: If you’re living all your dreams, continue on as you were. If you’re not, it’s time for a coach. And if you don’t think your dreams are worthy of investment, GET BIGGER DREAMS.

Peace xo

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Yesterday I dropped USD$7000 (NZD$10200) on 2 new coaches for the first couple months of 2019. Some of my friends and family struggle with how much and how easily I spend on coaching and support for myself and the answer is important so I’m going to post it.

If you don’t like the movie that’s playing, you don’t try to paint over the big fabric screen at the front of the cinema. That’s obviously not the source of the image. You have to go into the back room and change the reel on the projector.

Same with your life.

Humans are just projectors. We create a reality that supports and reinforces our identity and beliefs.

Now, my life is pretty good. I only do what I want, I travel the world permanently and the people I coach are AMAZING. I am beyond blessed to be a part of the incredible things they want to create: A social enterprise that only employs the homeless. A thousands-strong march for children’s literacy. Support and literature for people dealing with food addiction. And many more.

But there are still things I want to do/be/create. And if I want to have/be/do them, I need to BE the person that does.

Everything is energy. I don’t need to slave to get money to buy things… I already am past the hourly-rate mindset. What I need to do is embody whoever I need to be to have a life that reflects that identity. And some of those identities are a long way from where I started.

The human nervous system is wired for survival. We can’t see our own blind spots, we’re naturally risk-averse and threats to our learned identity create psychological pain and survival patterns like procrastination, perfectionism and overwhelm.

For me to be as successful as I need to be to help as many people as I want to help (clients, friends, and family), I need to always be on my game. It has to be me in charge of this vehicle; not any out-of-date programming, childhood fears or bad habits.

So what are you trying to create in your life that would benefit from support? If wealth is your goal, for example, where do you know your mindset is off because even though you feel like everything you know is ‘right’, you’re still not a millionaire…?

Put it this way: If you’re living all your dreams, continue on as you were. If you’re not, it’s time for a coach. And if you don’t think your dreams are worthy of investment, GET BIGGER DREAMS.

Peace xo

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